Jul 30, 2011 5:00am PDT
. that was delivered by arizona senator jon kyl this morning. >> president obama is simply too committed to the european style of big government, that his policies have set in motion. to democrats in washington, the answer isn't to cut spending, but to raise taxes and keep on spending. republicans believe we must solve our debt crisis. and we believe we can solve it if democrats will work with us. >> all right. we do have our correspondents up early this morning. athena jones at the white house for us this morning, also our joe johns, keeping an eye on capitol hill. joe, let me start with you, forget all the symbolic votes, the one we saw yesterday could see another one today this early afternoon. forget that stuff. what is a real possibility of happening right now? how are they going to get this done? >> okay. first, you got to say, this is a poisonous environment on capitol hill and in washington in general, but the way the democrats have been able to do this before is they've reached out to a group of potentially persuadable senators in the middle. these would be people who can sort o
Jul 18, 2011 11:00pm PDT
politicians. if he were here today he could be with jon stewart, he could be anybody, he uld be with stephen colbert and meet them eye to eye. that he was funny. how often have w seen a polician like that? not in a long time. >> rose: how do you think president obama's doing on those standards? >> well, i think the one thing he did care about, lincoln, originally, the emotional intelligence set of issues, i think he does have those. when you watch him around a table he makes sure everybody speaks, h listens to people with opposing advice. i think the thing you ve to learn when you get into the presidency is that a certain point you can't listen anymore. lincoln finally said "consensus can be paralyzing, you have to decide when to act." >> rose: wow. >> so that everyone around a table, for example, he debated emancipation for two months, three months, and everybody had different points of view. don't do it, do it, do it yesterday. he finally decided i'm making my mind up and issuing the emancipation proclamation. he goes to the cabinet and says "i don't want your ideas. i've made up my mind.